Spurs have now revealed that the club was ‘delighted’ to receive an invitation from the Sports Grounds Safety Authority to apply to be an ‘early adopter’ of safe standing at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
When the stadium opened back in 2019, it was future-proofed for safe standing in the South Stand and the away end.
Tottenham designed these areas to have the same level of comfort and legroom as the rest of the stadium even when supporters stand. A 900mm tall bar is also provided to allow standing without blocking vision.
Spurs will have to submit their application by October 6 to become an early adopter of safe standing and will be able to sell standing tickets by January 1, 2022, if approved.
Clubs must tick a number of boxes to meet the criteria, including the necessary infrastructure, the option to sit or stand without views being blocked, and more.
Daniel Levy provided this statement on the matter: “The Club has led on lobbying the Government for safe standing at stadia and is delighted that this will now be possible.
“It delivers choice for fans attending the game – whether home or away supporters – and the vast majority of our fans are in favour of this scheme.
“We are extremely proud of our ‘safe seating’ design, which ensures both comfort and safety, whether standing or seated, while maintaining the same aesthetics as in all other areas of the stadium.”
🏟 We are delighted to accept an invite from the @SGSA_UK to apply for a licenced standing area at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium as part of an ‘early adopter’ programme.
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) September 23, 2021
Spurs Web Opinion:
This is the natural progression for stadiums to provide a better viewing experience and atmosphere at games. Tottenham knew this when they built the stadium and I fully expect to see the entire South Stand on their feet by 2022.
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